Originally the weaving technique has been used in the craftman’s tradition for small artefacts like baskets, and lately brought in the industry for various new purposes. Since it possess delamination-free and damage tolerant properties, this method can be considered as an alternative but efficient fabrication system. Three dimensional woven structures can be classified according to element interlacement types, having different level of rigidity and geometrical differentiation. These are considered suitable for representing surfaces as generation of form, extremely robust and lightweight. More potential in the architectural field can be achieved through the integration of computational tools for structural purposes, light filtering and new spatial qualities.
The woven timber method develops a novel material system and fabrication process by investigating the relationship between the performance of flexible timber structures and friction based basket weaving methods. Using thin plywood for weaving lightweight structures, the project explores the fabrication with zero framework and jointless architectural material. Optimal levels of friction in the system are achieved by altering the parameters of the interlacing timber strips and strip width. Material properties are applied computationally as design driver from the concept to the physical outcome.
The workshop aims to explore the performance of a timber woven lightweight structure through digital fabrication. A thorough understanding the limits and advantages of the elastic bending behavior of the material, inform the design process through formfinding methods and the fabrication techniques. Explore multiaxial patterns and optimise the stress of the curvature through structural simulation and computeraided manufacturing. The goal is to realise and exhibit a prototype installation in scale 1:1 to activate SBODIO32 Warehouse.
Day 1 / Monday
Introduction on woven structures
Introduction to computational tools (Grasshopper3D, Kangaroo)
Exercises on weaving with paper models
Day 2 / Tuesday
Introduction to material behavior
Exploring geometries and connections
Testing physically the material
Introduction to structural analysis (Karamba)
Defining criteria for the final design
Day 3 / Wednesday
Application of structural analysis
Testing system performance through prototyping
Day 4 / Thursday
Finalize the global design
Prototyping to tune the production
Day 5 / Friday
Day 6 / Saturday
Fabrication and Assembly
Day 7 / Sunday
The workshop is open to all participants, no previous knowledge of Rhinoceros and Grasshopper is required (although an introductory knowledge is welcome). Participants should bring their own laptop with a preinstalled software. The software package needed has no additional cost for the participant (Rhino can be downloaded as evaluation version, Grasshopper and plugins are free). These software products are subject to frequent updates, so a download link to the version used in the workshop will be sent to the participants a few days before the workshop.
Djordje is an architect expert in digital and robotic fabrication. Master in Integrative technologies and architectural design research ITECH. Worked as student assistant for the ICD in the Robotic Manufacturing Laboratory and in the CasinoIT 3DPlot. Currently at the IAAC as Digital Fabrication and Computational Design Expert.
Georgi is an architectural professional with extensive expertise in computational design and digital fabrication. He studied at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and at the University of Stuttgart as a part of the Integrative Technologies & Architectural Design Research (ITECH), being involved in various innovative design.
Barbara Piga| Prof. Architectural and Urban Simulation, Politecnico Di Milano
Eugenio Morello | Research Scientist at the Architectural and Urban Simulation – FaustoCurti , DAStU – Politecnico di Milano
The workshop is going to take place in SBODIO32, a warehouse at the Ventura Design District in Lambrate area; one of the most vibrant areas of Milan’s design week. SBODIO32 hosts an exhibition of 800 sqm during Fuorisalone/ Milan Design Week that interacts with the public through a series of events, seminars and workshops.
Francesco Maria Massetti
Giulia Bruni Zani
Irene di Stefano
Pieter De Groeve
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